Italy aims to have 12 GW of installed wind energy capacity by 2020

Italy aims to have 12 gigawatts of installed wind power capacity by 2020. RWE Innogy, a division of Germany’s RWE, announced that, after a year’s worth of construction work, its third wind farm was commissioned in Italy.

The eight wind turbines wind farm can produce 16 megawatts of energy, enough to meet the annual energy needs of 10,000 homes. The wind farm is on a plateau 3,600 feet above sea level in the southern Italian region of Basilicata.

"Our aim is not only to compose a portfolio along technology lines but also geographically, for example in order to accommodate a wide range of weather conditions," Hans Bunting, chief financial officer with RWE Innogy, said in a statement.

Italy by the end of last year had 5.8 gigawatts of wind power installed. The government by the end of this year plans to introduce a tariff system to promote renewable energy.